2017 Nominees Section
S. Clark Smith
Position: Family Medicine
Organization: Anaheim Regional Medical Center
What role does your nominee have in senior care and senior care issues?
Dr. S. Clark Smith received his medical degree in 1961 from Indiana University School of Medicine. He did his internship 1961-62 at Orange County General Hospital and has been in Family Practice in Anaheim since 1964.
Dr. Smith served our country in the US Navy as Battalion Surgeon and Regimental Surgeon inserted with the US Marine Corps in Vietnam from 1966-67, receiving the Gallantry Cross for medical care rendered under hostile enemy fire. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander 1967-68, and remained Inactive Naval Reserves until his Honorable Discharge in 1975.
Dr. Smith was named Orange County Academy of Physicians “Physician of the Year” in 2004, and has directorships and Board credits too numerous to count. He has served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Anaheim Memorial Medical Center and as Chief of Staff at two other hospitals.
Why should this person be nominated
Dr. Smith has been practicing medicine for about 56 years now. Many of his patients have been with him for over 40 years – longer than many marriages! The reason his patients are so loyal is because he is absolutely focused on them as people, not billing numbers or diagnoses.
One such patient who has been with Dr. Smith for almost 40 years is 93-year-old “Charlie.” Charlie was still running his own business as a civil engineer into his 90’s, and was an active person. But in the recent year or so, his lung and heart conditions worsened to the degree that he was hospitalized and wasn’t given long to live. His cardiologist didn’t want him to go home; he felt he needed to be in a care facility, but Dr. Smith visited with Charlie and listened to his heartfelt request to go home. He immediately contacted a hospice company who got Charlie home within a day, and 36 hours later, Charlie passed peacefully in his home – right where he wanted to be. Dr. Smith gave Charlie the gift of going home.
When asked about why he is still working himself, Dr. Smith said, “I can’t do enough for my patients…it’s just the way I am.”